Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate Banana Bread

From January 16, 2009:  This is a wonderful quick bread recipe that I got from my friend, Robin.  She uses soy milk or almond milk instead of cow’s milk with good results.  I like baking this in my mini loaf pans.  This recipe yields about 4 small loaves.  The cooking time for the mini loaf pans is about 35 minutes.

Chocolate Banana Bread

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3)
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

In a mixing bowl cream the butter with the sugar. Add the banana, eggs,  milk, and vanilla; blend well.

In another bowl, sift together the flours with the cocoa, baking soda and salt. Combine with the banana mixture until well blended and smooth, then fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts if desired. Transfer to a greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to cool on a wire rack.

Yield: 1 loaf

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